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January 1, 2014
By Lee Benson I seem to be stuck in a rut. My last several articles have related to concerns about regulatory overreach by bureaucrats or the new FAA Advisory Circular regarding heliports. I really try hard not to be a boring writer, but some issues need to be exposed. Granted this stuff is not near as interesting as “There I was at a 100-foot hover.” Recently, the FAA, without adhering to its...
November 19, 2013
Russian Helicopters has delivered four Mi-171E transport helicopters to Chinese defense manufacturing company Poly Technologies. Under an...
November 13, 2013
Enstrom has obtained updated type certification in Brazil and Argentina for the 480 and 480B...
November 13, 2013
The Indonesian army Mi-17-V5 medium lift helicopter that crashed into jungle in the remote Malinau district of North Kalimantan province in the Indonesian part of Borneo island killing 13 on board was not overloaded and was in the final stages of landing, Indonesian military officials have stated. The crash on November 9 involved one of the Indonesian Army’s 15 Mi-17-V5 helicopters. According to...
November 1, 2013
The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that it will review North Sea helicopter operations together with the Norwegian CAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). According to the CAA statement, the review “will study current operations, previous incidents and accidents and offshore helicopter flying in...
November 1, 2013
This is being written during the fifth day of the U.S. Federal government shutdown and our politicians are at 110 percent of N1 political spin mode. My personal politics are somewhat to the right of Attila the Hun, but I hope that my prejudice does not seep into this message. A political pundit stated the other day that “I do not understand the political right’s (conservative) complaint that...
October 7, 2013
AgustaWestland has earned type certification for its AW139 in Tanzania and delivered its 10th AW119 to air medical transport provider Life Flight Network.      The first...
October 1, 2013
aparker@accessintel.com For anyone who thinks, in this current U.S. climate of budget restrictions, debt ceilings and sequestration, that it’s a waste of time and/or taxpayer money to drop a helicopter for the sake of science, I beg to differ. The results from a recent helicopter fuselage crash test will yield safety advancements for a number of organizations involved with aviation operations. NASA...
October 1, 2013
Following the fatal accident involving CHC AS332L2 Super Puma G-WNSB on August 23, UK operators returned their helicopters back to service in late August. Four out of 18 passengers died when the aircraft came down in the sea two miles short of Sumborough Airport on the Shetland Islands. On Thursday, Aug. 29, CHC returned its Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Pumas to normal operational service to oil platforms in...
October 1, 2013
Ansat at MAKS 2013. Courtesy of Russian Helicopters Russian Helicopters has received the type certificate for the Ansat light helicopter with hydro-mechanical controls from the...
October 1, 2013
MX-15 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging system from L-3. L-3 Wescam photo The Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) has issued an acquisition...
October 1, 2013
Mi-35M flight test. Photos by Andrew Drwiega For a journalist who was brought up during the Cold War, when NATO and Soviet Bloc forces were layered in depth either side of Churchill’s Iron Curtain, witnessing the transformation that has taken place within Russia over the last decade has been a revelation. (See more photos from the Rostvertol visit.) A decade ago when I travelled to Kazan city to view...
October 1, 2013
As pilots and safety professionals, we see the acronym IHST all the time, but do we really know what it represents? Some of us actually know what it means and what they do, but not everyone is are aware of the mandate the International Helicopter Safety Team has within the rotary wing community. I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Fred Brisbois, co-chair of IHST’s U.S Safety...
October 1, 2013
Russian Helicopters invited Rotor & Wing to the Rostvertol plant in Rostov-on-Don during late August. Below is a selection of additional photos by Andrew Drwiega. Read the full story here...
September 25, 2013
Outside of Helitech, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that it is to review North Sea helicopter operations together with the Norwegian CAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). According to the CAA statement, the review “will study current operations, previous incidents and accidents and offshore helicopter...
September 25, 2013
A range of international operators agreed on the second day of Helitech International 2013 in London that the certification process stipulated by authorities to allow helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operators to use night vision goggles (NVGs) in Europe needs to be quicker and more streamlined. While all confirmed that safety had to be the main consideration whether operators were conducting...
September 23, 2013
 AgustaWestland has handed over the first of seven AW139s to the Swedish Maritime Administration. Sweden's maritime and aeronautical services provider is...
September 17, 2013
A MRH90 full flight and mission simulator (FFMS) from CAE is now operational at the Australian Army’s Aviation Training Center Oakey in Queensland. The Australian Defence Force has approved...
September 16, 2013
Transport Canada has approved Aerolite's EMS cabin configuration for AgustaWestland AW109S and SP models.      AW109SP EMS interior. Photo...
August 26, 2013
The CHC-operated Super Puma AS332L2 crash during the early evening of Friday, Aug. 23, off the Shetland Islands with four fatalities has once again generated serious concerns regarding the safety of the Super Puma family of helicopters operating in the oil and gas sector in the North Sea. The four fatalities have been named: Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland; Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin; Gary...
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